The Cleveland Browns incoming rookie class has now been through a rookie mini-camp and seven OTAs. That’s not enough time to figure out exactly who these players are, but it is certainly enough to figure out what they need to improve upon.
Rookies who can steal starting jobs use OTAs to get adjusted to life in the NFL and learn the basics of the system. Once training camp rolls around, the team is preparing for the regular season, and it is very tough to make up that ground.
So with just three OTAs remaining for the rookies, it’s time to put up or shut up. They can position themselves to be in the thick of a battle for a starting spot or find themselves looking for special teams reps instead.
Here are progress reports for five Browns rookies who are fighting for legitimate playing time.